Innerspring systems describe mattresses made with coil systems. Traditional innerspring mattresses were made with interconnected coils, providing structure to the bed. In recent years, some have used 'innerspring' to describe newer pocket spring systems that are independent and offer greater comfort.
In general, most use 'innerspring' to describe the traditional mattress styles and those that purchased a mattress in the 20th century are very used to these types of beds.
The interconnected spring systems offer a high amount of durability and support, but there are complaints of aggravated pressure points and discomfort despite comfort layers of foams on the surface.
Pros: Durable materials and traditional even feel.
Cons: Pressure point discomfort and motion transfer issues.
Latex is made from the sap of a rubber tree. Over generations, people have learned how to tap the trees without having to cut them down. This means that it is one of the most eco-conscious and sustainable ways to create bedding.
After the latex is harvested from the rubber tree, it is treated to create foam. The two most common ways of treating latex for bedding is Dunlop and Talalay. The result is a high response and heavy piece of foam that can be used for bedding. By changing the density, the latex can be more or less responsive.
Those that are used to a memory foam feel (a slow response) will be surprised to know that most latex is highly responsive, meaning that although it will react to ones body, it has a natural bounce. Some sleepers prefer this, though others not so much.
Recently, there has been an explosion in latex bedding with the higher demand for eco-conscious foam alternatives. Though latex is natural, there are some that mix it with memory foam. For those that are looking for pure latex bedding, be careful to do your research on the entire bed.
Pros: High response, differing firmness options.
Cons: High expense vs memory foam, some don't like the latex responsive feel.